One of my absolute favorite parts about living on Long Island, is being so close to so many amazing wineries! It is always a blast to take a drive out east on a weekend with friends and try out different local vineyards. Being out there seriously feels like you are in a different part of the country, not just on Long Island sipping wine and enjoying the warmer seasons outside! Here I’ve compiled a list of my top five favorite Long Island wineries, that as a visitor or even a local you must stop at!
6025 Sound Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901
I remember buying their wine before I even knew it was a Long Island Vineyard; there wine has always been a favorite among my friends and family. Since then, it has become one of my favorite spots, not only did we choose them as our wedding venue but they have such a relaxed, fun, family-friendly atmosphere that I always make it a point to enjoy a few lazy days here each summer! They have indoor and outdoor seating, lawn games, a petting zoo and usually a grill and live music going on the weekends! It’s the perfect place to go with a group of friends for a relaxing day outside and a little day drinking, or stop by with your significant other to drink a bottle of wine on the patio and people watch. This is definitely not a winery to miss!
1450 S. Harbor Rd, Southold, NY 11971
This is my new favorite! I discovered it last summer when some fiends and I did a vineyard “bike tour” (aka we rent bikes and road them for 40 minutes to get here where we almost died of heat exhaustion), it was definitely worth this place though! It exclusively does Rose wine only. They offer 6 different rose wines and 3 sparkling roses. There is a tasting garden and barn and they play mainly French music, it really feels like you are relaxing in the south of France! They also have a little shop where they sell fun artisan items like bags, necklaces, and caftans. They do not except big parties, which I kind of love, it really makes it a peaceful retreat for you and your friends! I am already planning numerous trips back to enjoy the garden and buy more of their amazing roses!
36225 New York State Route 25, Cutchogue, NY 11935
Bedell is another great vineyard for small weddings; we actually looked at it for ours! I love this vineyard not only for their cool tasting room, which displays some of the owner’s contemporary art collection, but also for its fun twilight series! Every year, starting usually in June, they have live music and food down by Corey Creek, from 5pm until 9pm. It’s a great time if you are looking to go out but want something more low key then a bar. They also offer tours and barrel tastings, if you are interested in learning more about their wine. Day or night, this definitely a nice stop to make if you’re vineyard hoping on a weekend!
38355 New York State Route 25, Peconic, NY 11958
The Lenz Winery is one of the smaller vineyards, but still worth the trip. Their wines are excellent and they are open year round. Every year they offer a special Dinner in the Vines, you do need to buy your ticket (and space is limited) but it includes a dinner cooked by a top local chef using local ingredients based on the season, perfect for a special night out! If you find the ticket price too steep don’t worry, you can sign up for one of their wine tasting education classes, a fun day date idea I dare say! Whether you pay for one of their ticket events or are just coming for the afternoon to enjoy the tasting room, The Lenz Winery is a great stop anytime you are on the North Fork!
169 Sagg Rd, Sagaponack, NY 11962
The north fork of Long Island is where most of the vineyards are, but Wolffer Estate is actually one of the few on the south fork and it is a must visit! I first heard about this vineyard through a friend, and on a spontaneous road trip with my husband one day, we ended up passing it and I had to stop in! Their Wine Stand is not to be missed, on Fridays and Saturdays you can come here for a casual night out to drink wine, listen to music and have the perfect view of the sun setting over the vineyards! It’s casual and offers some seating but encourages people to bring their own beach chairs and/or blankets to lay out across the lawn! They do have a tasting room as well as offer tours of the vineyard.